With fabulous coastal resorts, beautiful islands and some of the most important ancient landmarks in Europe, Greece is always a popular country to visit. Inland, it’s a quietly rural and undeveloped, while along the fabulous wiggling coastline are hundreds of beaches and resorts.
Whether you’re visiting for work or pleasure, hiring a car in Greece is really useful for getting around. We’ve got offices spread across the whole country to help get you into a hire vehicle as quickly as we can, wherever you are. We cover all the main airports and cities, but we’ve also got rental pick-up points in many smaller towns, beach resorts and ferry terminals too. And you’ll find us on all the major Greek islands.
Don’t forget that with us you can hire a car in one location – and drop it off later at another of our offices.
Amid such striking seascapes and mountain panoramas, driving in Greece can be a treat. And if you’re in a hurry, the trunk road system has been upgraded so you’ll be able to get between the main centres quickly on modern motorways.
One of the most important parts of this road network is the A1 motorway connecting the capital Athens with the second city Thessaloniki in the northeast and the Macedonian border beyond it to the north.
The A2 meanwhile links Igoumentisa and Corfu in the northwest to Alexandroupolis and Turkey in the north east. And the other route to note is the A8, which links Patras and Corinth with Athens. You’ll find that parts of this route are motorway, while the rest remains a traditional trunk road.
Note that road signs are usually in English and Greek to make navigating easier. You’ll drive on the right and the rules of the road are much the same as the rest of continental Europe. Perhaps the main difference is that Greek drivers already on roundabouts give way to anyone entering the roundabout from the right. Getting around Greece can look more complicated because of the mountains and waterways. But you’ll find spectacular bridges will be highlights of your drive, like the Rio-Antirrio Bridge that crosses the Gulf of Corinth. It’s one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.
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Greece is sometimes called ‘The Cradle of western Civilisation’ and it’s true that you’ll find relics of Ancient Greece wherever you go. But it’s a lively modern country too, with all the shops, restaurants and entertainment of any modern European country.
You’ll find that Greek people love to eat out in a very sociable ways so expect to find informal tavernas round every corner. You’ll see that the Greeks often eat out in large family groups.
It’s fun to join in the friendly atmosphere. The food is usually a healthy mix of Mediterranean salads with grilled meat and fish. And look out for local specialities like olives, feta cheese, moussaka and filo pastries.
The Greek capital is one of Europe’s oldest cities but has a contemporary appeal too. From the ultra-modern architecture of the international airport to the glamorous clubs and restaurants of the city centre, there’s a buzz about Athens. If you get a chance to use the high-tech Metro system, for example, you’ll find one of the most attractive subways in the world. Many stations are built from Greek marble and lined with the work of modern Greek artists.
When driving around the city above ground, look out for spectacular avant garde architecture too. Highlights include the strange pod-like Olympic Complex designed by Santiago Calatrava and the modern offices and hotels along Leoforos Singru boulevard, linking the centre with the coast.
The large, bustling capital of Athens, of course, is famous for its relics of the Ancient Greeks. The rocky hill called The Acropolis overlooks the city centre and is the site of the Parthenon temple, with its vast ranks of classical columns. Even if you get bored of the old stones, the views are spectacular.
You’ll find major historic sights like this all over Greece, including the home of the Olympics in Olympia and the temples on the island of Rhodes. The Bronze Age remains of Knossos on Crete are thought to be Europe’s oldest city.
Other Greek highlights include the monasteries at Meteora in the mountains of central Greece. These medieval buildings cling to vast rock-faces above the town of Kalambaka and are a World Heritage Site.
One of the wonders of the modern world is the horseshoe island of Santorini, which is formed from the crater of an old submarine volcano. The island’s steep 1000ft cliffs are dotted with whitewashed houses facing into a circle of blue sea.
Explore Mount Olympus, the country’s highest mountain and the mythical home of the Greek Gods. It’s a great spot for hiking and climbing. And there’s more great views and walks in the Samaria Gorge, a National Park among the white mountains of Crete. There’s a celebrated 10-mile trail through the steep gorge between the rock faces where you can spot wild goats looking down on you.
Greece's complex jagged coastline is the longest in the Mediterranean. Along it, both the Greek mainland and islands boast some of Europe’s best beaches. They range from the black volcanic sand of Santorini to the white beaches of Zakynthos. For quieter resorts try the east coast of Pelion, including Demouhari, which starred in the film Mama Mia, and Thasos, which has quiet beaches backed by undeveloped green mountains.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.